The Invisible Benefits of Parks

AustinParksFoundation Park Advocacy
, Park Advocacy, Parks, Support Our Parks

Greenspace exists as a place for reflection, recreation and a cross section for nature and urban life. Aside from the physical benefits of open space, there are invisible traits that make greenspaces worth valuing. We’re talking about mental health and green-ness. The connection between the two seems unlikely, but park-space plays an undeniable role in our happiness, community, and well-being. …

Park Pollinators: Meet Liz Rush-Smyth

AustinParksFoundation APF News, Park Pollinators Leave a Comment

Our tagline is people + parks, and we take that to heart. We know the people we work with, both inside and outside the office, are what make this organization successful, and we’re proud of the team we’ve put together. Each of us is committed to making Austin’s parks, trails and green spaces great for each and every Austinite. Read …

People + Parks: Turning Grief into Goodness

AustinParksFoundation 
People + Parks
, Parks, People + Parks, Support Our Parks

By Elizabeth McGuire When faced with a mountain of grief, one couple found a way to move through it with the help of their friends and their parks. Alexandra Rodriguez and Christopher McBryde are the kind of dog owners who every pup deserves. In 2012 they rescued a 3-month-old Australian cattle dog, and from then on Bailey rarely left their …

Austin ParkScore Changes

AustinParksFoundation APF News, Parks

Last month, the Trust for Public Land published its annual ParkScore index; a ranking of the top 100 largest U.S cities parks. TPL determines the rankings by looking at factors like accessibility, funding, integrity and resources. For 2018, some of last year’s hard work on advocacy and public participation helped Austin move up four spots to #42. Compared to other …

APF Awards $172,000 in 2018 Spring Community Grants and Announces First Recipient of Design Services

AustinParksFoundation ACL Grants Landing Page, ACL Music Festival Grants, ACL Music Festival Grants (2), APF News, Austin City Limits Music Festival
, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Community Grants, Parks, Press Release, Support Our Parks

Funding will be used for various community-initiated Austin parks’ improvements, renovations and construction projects AUSTIN, TX (June 25, 2018) – Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is thrilled to announce their 2018 spring grantees that will receive over $170,000 in collective funding to improve various Austin parks, trails, and green spaces. Projects include new playground equipment, improved community pools, school parks, sports …

Connect With Your Council Member

AustinParksFoundation Park Advocacy
, Park Advocacy, Support Our Parks

While elected officials can feel distant and unresponsive at the national and state level, citizens can have a significant effect on their elected official’s views and votes at the local level. This is even more true in recent years in Austin, where the city voted in 2014 to change from an at-large Council system to a 10-1 district representation system …

Helping Pollinators in 2018

AustinParksFoundation APF News

Summer is officially here. And as the temperature rises, so do the number of pollinating frequent-fliers. For 2018, Pollinator week falls on June 18-24. This program aims to raise pollinator awareness and their role in maintaining future ecosystems and food diversity. If your favorite park has an abundance of wildflowers or flora you might see a few bees, butterflies, or …

Findings from Studio Gang Programming and Implementation Study for Seaholm Waterfront Revealed

AustinParksFoundation APF News, Press Release, Special Projects


Architecture and Urban Design Firm’s In-Depth Study Shows Potential Concepts for the Decommissioned Seaholm Intake Building AUSTIN, TX (June 4, 2018) – Austin Parks Foundation (APF), The Trail Foundation (TTF), and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) announced today the results and recommendations of the planning study for the future of the historic Seaholm Intake structure and …